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2017 Language Series: November 11

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Mark your calendars! The 18th Annual Language Series will be November 11, 2017.

NoneMultiliteracies: Exploring Multimodal Pedagogies for Academic Success

Language is nuanced, multi-modal and ever-changing. By language, we mean not just words but all the forms in which communication can be represented. In the 21st century innovative pedagogies impact the way we teach using various ways of accessing content that are reflected in multiliteracies. The Language Series 2017 will focus on teaching methods to better engage students in language and content development: not only digital technology but also explorations, music, sounds, block building, and others.

Featuring keynote presentation by Detra Price-Dennis, Ph.D.
Elementary & Inclusive Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Dr. Detra Price-Dennis will lead us in the exploration of this topic in her keynote. Workshops with experienced practitioners and researchers will inspire and engage you through hands-on activities and specific examples. As a participant, you will take away concrete ideas for immediate implementation in your settings.

Workshops will include:

  • SOUNDS IN MOTION: Using Body Movements to Train Auditory Perception, Language, and Early Literacy
    with Frances Santore, MA, CCC-SLP
  • The Many Languages of Block Building: Creating spaces for emerging literacies through play
    with Rebecca Burdett, Bank Street College of Education, Studies in Education, ’99

Come and re-energize your practice by learning from the experts in the field. They will share multiple ways to create and support social and academic language growth in today's diverse educational settings that include ENL’s (English as a new language) learners as well as those who struggle in their native language.

Highlights from Language Series 2016

Building on students’ linguistic and cultural assets for academic success

Language Series

The 17th Annual Language Series was held on November 18th and 19th, 2016 and featured a keynote presentation by Ofelia García.

The Language Series supports educators in understanding the critical role that language plays in the social and academic success of all students. The focus of the Fall 2016 Language Series was on how to use the social language of our students for academic language development. By building on students’ linguistic and cultural assets, the school community both strengthens and affirms the social language that students bring to school. This creates a strong foundation for academic language development. A strong predictor of academic success is the ability of a teacher to draw upon a student’s background and social language. If done well, this serves as a bridge to developing a deeper understanding and appreciation of content knowledge and academic language.

Some of the questions explored:

  • How can we create classroom and school environments that celebrate students’ linguistic and cultural assets?
  • How can we honor and utilize the linguistic resources that students bring to school to negotiate and acquire academic content?
  • How can we provide multiple points of access to the curriculum through rigorous cognitive engagement?
  • How can we design curriculum that encourages students to use their home and school language(s) to make meaning?

Dr. Ofelia García was our keynote speaker on Friday night. Saturday workshops with experienced practitioners and researchers inspired and engaged through hands-on activities. Participants took away concrete ideas for immediate implementation in their settings.

Come and re-energize your practice by learning from the experts in the field at next year's event. They will share multiple ways to create and support social and academic language growth in today's diverse educational settings that include English as a new language (ENL) learners as well as English native speakers.

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We thank the NYS Statewide Language Regional Bilingual Education Resource Center (RBERN) at New York University for sponsoring our 2016 Annual Conference with its special support of 20 teachers and student teachers to attend the conference.